How Do Managers Control Technology-Intensive Work?

Angelo Bernard Pinheiro

Abstract


Technology pervades every aspect of the modern business enterprise and demands new strategies for work management. Advances in internet and computing technologies, the emergence of the “knowledge worker”, globalization, resource scarcity, and intense competition have led corporations to accomplish their strategic goals and objectives through the implementation of projects. Project success is assured by the effective use of financial and human resources, a project management (PM) framework backed by senior management, and controls spanning the PM spectrum of initiation; planning; implementation; monitoring, measurement, and control; and closing. As an essential function of management, ‘control’ may be accomplished through a PM Plan, a project-matrix organization, competent and motivated people, and appropriate management tools and techniques. A PM Plan conforming to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) framework incorporates controls for the key PM elements and, implemented properly, can assure project success

Keywords


Project Management, Control; Self-directed Teams; Project-Matrix Organization; PMBOK; Earned Value Analysis, Project Risk Assessment; Schedule Compression Analysis; Quality Function Deployment; Management Tools.

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